Monday, February 06, 2006

Anti-Thaksin Protest in Thailand: Four Voices

[Editor's Note: On Saturday, several thousand protesters gathered in a public park in Bangkok to demand that Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resign. Here are four commentaries on the event.]

First read an account of the protest by TaKe Me To THe HoRiZoN! who actually attended the event:

I arrived at the Royal Plaza around 11 pm and everything was still going on at its peak. People were shouting 'Thaksin, Get Out!' and the things they talked about on the stage was still fierce. I was walking around trying to get some tidbits from the rally coz there wasn't so much to cover. But then at around 1 am, a procession took form. Khun Sondhi was leading the procession to the Royal Thai Army headquarters. It was really cool to be there, right in front of the crowd and looked at them. Over 1 thousand people marched together, with determination and the feeling of doing something for their country. They did everything out of their good heart and spirit, no profit at all. Patriotism, the love for one's own country, the unrivalled kind of feeling. more...

Then read a manifesto about why people are protesting from blogger ike-tomatte. This blogger's principal complaints againt the Prime Minister: conflict of interest (using his public role to enrich his businesses), corruption, populist policies (wasting state funds on public works projects with little long-term value), media domination, and money politics (money-based power). This blog also has some photos of the protest.

Then read a piece of in-depth analysis by American blogger Publius Pundit, who is "blogging the democratic revolution." Publius is very hard on Thaksin, writing,

The billionaire-army cop-turned Prime Minister has used his office to pocket billions for himself in yet another ‘Corporate State’ business deal while the rest of Thailand languishes in the aftermath of the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 that continues to depress wages - despite some economic growth. more...

Finally, for balance, read a pro-Thaksin piece by Manifesto of Nuances, a journalism student who admires the Prime Minister's no-nonsense reaction to the protest.

Then I think Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra really rocks! You can't always have a smooth-talking politician all the time. When things get nasty, you want someone who is mean and heartless, all for the better of the country. When protestors accused him of using his political power to boost his business dealings, and were fueled by the fact that two of his ministers had resigned, they thought they could get lucky and get Thaksin himself to resign. But the Thai PM said this, "These are just a few stupid people. Let's ignore them." You go, boy! He added, "I am not stupid. I will work to the best of my ability to make Thai people happy." more...

democracy themes related to this post: accountability of public officials, political protests

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